A Tennessee man is headed to jail after selling the US Military cheap Chinese boots, all while claiming the boots were made in the USA.
Former Wellco president Vincent Lee Ferguson was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty in February to his part in a conspiracy involving the sale of Chinese made booths with fake “Made in the USA” labels.
According to Knox News, Wellco sold boots to the DoD for over half a century, including supplying soldiers during Vietnam. Moving from North Carolina to Tennessee after being taken over by investment firms, it was under Ferguson’s leadership that the company began making the boots in Chinese sweatshops and fraudulently passing them off as American-made, in order to maintain DoD compliance.
The scheme violated several federal statutes, including the Berry Amendment, which prohibits the US military from buying foreign-made clothing, and also failed to meet safety standards.
Ferguson faces 41 months in federal prison, while corporate cohorts Matthew Lee Ferguson and Kerry Joseph Ferguson will both face six months for their role in the $8.1 million “bait-and-switch” scheme.
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